What is Commonwealth Day?

Happy Commonwealth Day to all Queenslanders, and to all citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations!

The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of 52 member countries united by a commitment to the values inscribed in The Commonwealth Charter, including democracy, the rule of law, and international peace and security.

All member countries – regardless of their size or population, have an equal say in shaping the Commonwealth, which has as its Head, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Commonwealth Day is held on the second Monday of March each year to promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy and equality, and to celebrate the association’s rich diversity.

This year, Commonwealth Day coincides with a very important day for the State of Queensland: the commencement of the Queen’s Baton Relay, the traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games since the Cardiff Games in 1958.

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, is currently in London to mark the beginning of the Baton’s journey through the 52 nations of the Commonwealth on its way to Australia.

The Queen’s Baton for the 2018 Games has been specially designed to capture the boundless energy of the Gold Coast and is an inspiring symbol that will connect the 2.2 billion citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations with Australia, Queensland and the Gold Coast.

In honour of Commonwealth Day, His Excellency will also attend a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey and a Commonwealth Reception at Marlborough House.

Queensland is connected by kinship, history and culture with the peoples of all 52 nations of the Commonwealth. It is part of the story of our successful multicultural society which Queenslanders look forward to showcasing and celebrating at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.